MobileTechRoundup 121: CES 2008 wrap-up


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INTRO: Based on “Time v2.1? by Meta Sektion, additional mixing by James Kendrick.
HOSTS: James Kendrick (Houston), Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)

We’re back from the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show.Intel’s Menlow and WiMAX were key themes and drivers for many of the devices we saw.Nokia impressed with N-Gage, the Music Store and the PC Suite & Photos app.Matt used a pedometer to track how far he walked at the show: nearly five miles per day!What did we take to CES that we didn’t use?Outside of CES, what’s going on? How about Fictionwise buying eReader?Rumor alert: AT&T might be considering a 5 GB limit on their previously unlimited data plans. What’s the impact if it does happen?Pocket Informant gets boosted to version 8.We bumped into Ed Hardy of Brighthand at CES: guess what mobile device he uses to update and maintain the site?

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Dave Zack

Forgot to mention: The CompUSA in San Francisco has an Advantage on display, and I believe the price was $540. Not sure how many they have in stock, but if any readers are going to be in town for Macworld this week and wanted to pick one up, you won’t find a much better price.

Dave Zack

I have to agree with the discussion on the Advantage – I too used mine almost exclusively during CES week, and am planning on the same at Macworld this week. Here is an example of just how powerful the device is when you really take advantage (no pun intended) of what it can do:

We got to San Francisco this afternoon, and I wanted to have dinner at a place I remembered having excellent steaks when I visited a few years ago. I knew the name was something like “Bob’s Chophouse”, so I opened Google Maps, fired up the integrated GPS to get my location, and did a quick search. Bob’s Steak and Chophouse, a few blocks down from where we were standing. Mmmm, ribeye….

After dinner, we decided to head down to Fishermans Wharf. The waitress gave us directions to the nearest streetcar stop and we were off. When we got ready to head back though, we realized that we weren’t sure if the line we took down would get us close to our hotel. A quick search on the internet brought up the San Francisco municipal transportation site, with a downloadable pdf route map of the line we were riding. Opened the map in Adobe Reader, cross referenced against our GPS position and hotel location on Google Maps, and within a couple of minutes we knew exactly where we were and the best way to get back to our hotel.

The Advantage is truly an excellent travel machine.

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